Friday, November 5, 2010

Bed of Roses - Nora Roberts

As little girls MacKensie, Emma, Laurel, and Parker spent hours acting out their perfect make believe "I do" moments. Years later their fantasies become reality when they start their own wedding planning company to make every woman's dream day come true. With perfect flowers, delicious desserts, and joyful moments captured on film, Nora Roberts's Bride Quartet shares each woman's emotionally magical journey to romance.

In Bed of Roses, florist Emma Grant is finding career success with her friends at Vows wedding planning company, and her love life appears to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. And the last place she's looking is right under her nose.
But that's just where Jack Cooke is. He's so close to the women of Vows that he's practically family, but the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. When Emma returns his passion—kiss for blistering kiss—they must trust in their history…and in their hearts.

Comment: The second installment of this series by Nora Roberts didn't convince as much as the first. Probably because I have some difficulty to identify myself with Emmaline, the heroine. She's bubbly, romantic, happy, girly, optimistic, a lot of things I'm not. So, it makes it harder for me to like her, to understand her. Jack is more like it, more "on earth", and I liked knowing him.

Their relationship is strange to me, I still think they dived too fast into a sexual relationshp, but hey, it's fiction. Actually it annoys me a bit that women in contemporary fiction have to be so assertive. No thinking, no indecision, let's get it on, right away. I'd like to see some seduction, a controlled one, not like in the book where things were rushed. I see why it was like that, but still it annoyed me.

Anyway, I have great hope for the last two books, let's see.

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